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21 Raw And Eye-Opening Portraits Of Boozy England

Go home, England, you're drunk. Contains graphic images.

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Award-winning photographer Peter Dench explores "Anglo-Celtic drunkenness" in his new book, A&E: Alcohol and England.

In this raw photo-diary of boozy England, Dench poses many questions, including: "Why do the English tipple until they fall over? Is it simply the weather, so wearyingly unpredictable? Is it to overcome the awkwardness inherent in a half-denied class system?

"Is it just because the English are more culturally advanced, and have realised there is no cure for the human condition but nice-tasting painkillers?"

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Friends Daniel (left) and Smudge drink cider at Cleethorpes bus station. They are waiting to see if any good-looking girls arrive in town for the day. July 2001.

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A man wearing a T-shirt proclaiming "You're the most beautiful woman in the WORLD" shows two young women his penis in a Newquay nightclub. July 2001.

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Young men drink with a woman in the basement of a private members bar in the upmarket Kings Road area of west London. May 2000.

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Staff from Lancôme, Credit Limit, Jyske Bank, and ISL Business Systems at a combined Abba tribute Christmas party hosted at the New Connaught Rooms, London. November 2002.

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A woman in distress, seated on the pavement outside a bar during a night out in Basingstoke town centre, is attended to by a police officer. September 2004.

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Humberside police officers restrain a man suspected of causing a public order offence while under the influence of alcohol. April 2004.

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Police officers supervise a man who has allegedly been punched in the face during a night out in Basingstoke town centre. September 2004.

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Near Bristol a car has crashed into a fence on a country road; the driver was suspected of being under the influence of alcohol. November 2001.

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Two girls are helped up from the pavement on London's Oxford Street after falling over; they are on a party bus organised tour of five London nightclubs. April 2001.

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Mark Cotton waits for treatment at a Plymouth hospital A&E department. Cotton claimed a group of lads got out of a car and punched and kicked him to the floor. He had been drinking a few cans of alcohol at home before heading out with a friend. The incident ended when some passers-by intervened. April 2002.

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Chris Greenhaugh at his home in east London. Chris's nose had been bitten off during a drunken brawl after a night of drinking in Mile End. He underwent reconstructive surgery to repair the massive damage. September 2004.

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A man with a bloody lip is led away in handcuffs by Humberside police officers after being arrested for an alleged alcohol-related public order offence. April 2004.

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A bottle of The Dog's Bollocks white wine, two cans of Foster's lager and a West Ham United Football Club pennant placed on a memorial at a graveyard in Cheshunt. October 2001.

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